Saturday, August 7, 2010

Post-It Notes into Butterflies





Aaron Oliver Wood's drawings, featured now in the third floor gallery at the Southgate House in Newport, Ky through August 21, 2010, have a delicate yet intense quality, as if they had to be drawn in exactly the way they were drawn. They are given to us without a lot of pomp and circumstance, like Post-It Notes transforming into butterflies: they transcend their smallness by being small. Each one has a readymade aspect, like rub-on tattooes, but as well they have an old-fashioned liveliness, referencing Peter Max Day-Glo animation cells and drawings by geeky school boys of Star Wars characters. Each one has a reason to exist somehow, separate from the pack, and the way Aaron orders them on the wall on the third floor there at Southgate House really is something to see. I was reminded of Raymond Thunder-Sky's drawings, that same otherwordly but very concrete style, the smallness giving way to big feelings and thoughts. Go see Aaron's show. Aaron's work will be featured at Thunder-Sky, Inc. in a two-person show October 29, 2010 - December 31, 2010 called "Welcome to Lonely Mountain Community Center: An Installation by Bruce Burris & New Works by Aaron Oliver Wood."

Can't wait...

Above: Two works by Aaron and one by Raymond...